Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Regather transitive verb To gather again.

Regatta noun ; plural Regattas (-t...z). [ Italian regatta , regata .] Originally, a gondola race in Venice; now, a rowing or sailing race, or a series of such races.

Regel noun (Astron.) See Rigel .

Regelate intransitive verb (Physics) To freeze together again; to undergo regelation, as ice.

Regelation noun [ Prefix re- + Latin gelatio a freezing.] (Physics) The act or process of freezing anew, or together,as two pieces of ice.

» Two pieces of ice at (or even) 32... Fahrenheit, with moist surfaces, placed in contact, freeze together to a rigid mass. This is called regelation . Faraday.

Regence noun Rule. [ Obsolete] Hudibras.

Regency noun ; plural Regencies (-s...z). [ CF. French régence , Late Latin regentia . See Regent , adjective ]
1. The office of ruler; rule; authority; government.

2. Especially, the office, jurisdiction, or dominion of a regent or vicarious ruler, or of a body of regents; deputed or vicarious government. Sir W. Temple.

3. A body of men intrusted with vicarious government; as, a regency constituted during a king's minority, absence from the kingdom, or other disability.

A council or regency consisting of twelve persons.
Lowth.

Regeneracy noun [ See Regenerate .] The state of being regenerated. Hammond.

Regenerate adjective [ Latin regeneratus , past participle of regenerare to regenerate; prefix re- re- + generare to beget. See Generate .]
1. Reproduced.

The earthly author of my blood,
Whose youthful spirit, in me regenerate ,
Doth with a twofold vigor lift me up.
Shak.

2. (Theol.) Born anew; become Christian; renovated in heart; changed from a natural to a spiritual state.

Regenerate transitive verb
1. To generate or produce anew; to reproduce; to give new life, strength, or vigor to.

Through all the soil a genial fferment spreads.
Regenerates the plauts, and new adorns the meads.
Blackmore.

2. (Theol.) To cause to be spiritually born anew; to cause to become a Christian; to convert from sin to holiness; to implant holy affections in the heart of.

3. Hence, to make a radical change for the better in the character or condition of; as, to regenerate society.

Regenerateness noun The quality or state of being rgenerate.

Regeneration noun [ Latin regeneratio : confer French régéneration .]
1. The act of regenerating, or the state of being regenerated.

2. (Theol.) The entering into a new spiritual life; the act of becoming, or of being made, Christian; that change by which holy affectations and purposes are substituted for the opposite motives in the heart.

He saved us by the washing of regeneration , and renewing of the Holy Chost.
Tit. iii. 5.

3. (Biol.) The reproduction of a part which has been removed or destroyed; re-formation; -- a process especially characteristic of a many of the lower animals; as, the regeneration of lost feelers, limbs, and claws by spiders and crabs.

4. (Physiol.) (a) The reproduction or renewal of tissues, cells, etc., which have been used up and destroyed by the ordinary processes of life; as, the continual regeneration of the epithelial cells of the body, or the regeneration of the contractile substance of muscle. (b) The union of parts which have been severed, so that they become anatomically perfect; as, the regeneration of a nerve.

Regenerative adjective Of or pertaining to regeneration; tending to regenerate; as, regenerative influences. H. Bushnell.

Regenerative furnace (Metal.) , a furnace having a regenerator in which gas used for fuel, and air for supporting combustion, are heated; a Siemens furnace.

Regeneratively adverb So as to regenerate.

Regenerator noun
1. One who, or that which, regenerates.

2. (Mech.) A device used in connection with hot-air engines, gas-burning furnaces, etc., in which the incoming air or gas is heated by being brought into contact with masses of iron, brick, etc., which have been previously heated by the outgoing, or escaping, hot air or gas.

Regeneratory adjective Having power to renew; tending to reproduce; regenerating. G. S. Faber.

Regenesis noun New birth; renewal.

A continued regenesis of dissenting sects.
H. Spenser.

Regent adjective [ Latin regens , -entis , present participle of regere to rule: confer French régent . See Regiment .]
1. Ruling; governing; regnant. "Some other active regent principle . . . which we call the soul." Sir M. Hale.

2. Exercising vicarious authority. Milton.

Queen regent . See under Queen , noun

Regent noun [ French régent . See Regent , adjective ]
1. One who rules or reigns; a governor; a ruler. Milton.

2. Especially, one invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of the sovereign.

3. One of a governing board; a trustee or overseer; a superintendent; a curator; as, the regents of the Smithsonian Institution.

4. (Eng.Univ.) A resident master of arts of less than five years' standing, or a doctor of less than twwo. They were formerly privileged to lecture in the schools.

Regent bird (Zoology) , a beautiful Australian bower bird ( Sericulus melinus ). The male has the head, neck, and large patches on the wings, bright golden yellow, and the rest of the plumage deep velvety black; -- so called in honor of the Prince of Wales (afterward George IV.), who was Prince Regent in the reign of George III. -- The Regents of the University of the State of New York , the members of a corporate body called the University of New York. They have a certain supervisory power over the incorporated institution for Academic and higher education in the State.

Regent diamond A famous diamond of fine quality, which weighs about 137 carats and is among the state jewels of France. It is so called from the Duke of Orleans, Regent of France, to whom it was sold in 1717 by Pitt the English Governor of Madras (whence also called the Pitt diamond ), who bought it of an Indian merchant in 1701.

Regentess noun A female regent. [ R.] Cotgrave.

Regentship noun The office of a regent; regency.

Regerminate intransitive verb [ Prefix re- + germinate : confer Latin regerminare .] To germinate again.

Perennial plants regerminate several years successively.
J. Lee.

Regermination noun [ Latin regerminatio .] A germinating again or anew.

Regest noun [ Latin regesta , plural: confer Old French regestes , plural See Register .] A register. [ Obsolete] Milton.

Reget transitive verb To get again.

Regian noun [ Latin regius regal.] An upholder of kingly authority; a royalist. [ Obsolete] Fuller.

Regible adjective [ Latin regibilis , from regere to rule.] Governable; tractable. [ Obsolete]

Regicidal adjective Pertaining to regicide, or to one committing it; having the nature of, or resembling, regicide. Bp. Warburton.

Regicide noun [ French régicide ; Latin rex , regis , a king + caedere to kill. Confer Homicide .]
1. One who kills or who murders a king; specifically (Eng.Hist.) , one of the judges who condemned Charles I. to death.

2. The killing or the murder of a king.

Regidor noun ; plural - dores . [ Spanish , from regir to rule, Latin regere .] One of a body of officers charged with the government of Spanish municipalities, corresponding to the English alderman.

Régie noun [ French]
1. Direct management of public finance or public works by agents of the government for government account; -- opposed to the contract system .

2. Specif.: The system of collecting taxes by officials who have either no interest or a very small interest in the proceeds, as distinguished from the ancient system of farming them out.

3. Any kind of government monopoly (tobacco, salt, etc.) used chiefly as a means of taxation. Such monopolies are largely employed in Austria, Italy, France, and Spain.

Regild transitive verb To gild anew.

Régime noun [ French See Regimen .]
1. Mode or system of rule or management; character of government, or of the prevailing social system.

I dream . . . of the new régime which is to come.
H. Kingsley.

2. (Hydraul.) The condition of a river with respect to the rate of its flow, as measured by the volume of water passing different cross sections in a given time, uniform régime being the condition when the flow is equal and uniform at all the cross sections.

The ancient régime , or Ancien régime [ French], the former political and social system, as distinguished from the modern ; especially, the political and social system existing in France before the Revolution of 1789.

Regimen noun [ Latin regimen , -inis , from regere to guide, to rule. See Right , and confer Regal , Régime , Regiment .]
1. Orderly government; system of order; adminisration. Hallam.

2. Any regulation or remedy which is intended to produce beneficial effects by gradual operation ; esp. (Medicine) , a systematic course of diet, etc., pursed with a view to improving or preserving the health, or for the purpose of attaining some particular effect, as a reduction of flesh; -- sometimes used synonymously with hygiene .

3. (Gram.) (a) A syntactical relation between words, as when one depends on another and is regulated by it in respect to case or mood; government. (b) The word or words governed.

Regiment (-m e nt) noun [ French régiment a regiment of men, Old French also government, Latin regimentum government, from regere to guide, rule. See Regimen .]
1. Government; mode of ruling; rule; authority; regimen. [ Obsolete] Spenser. " Regiment of health." Bacon.

But what are kings, when regiment is gone,
But perfect shadows in a sunshine day?
Marlowe.

The law of nature doth now require of necessity some kind of regiment .
Hocker.

2. A region or district governed. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

3. (Mil.) A body of men, either horse, foot, or artillery, commanded by a colonel, and consisting of a number of companies, usually ten.

» In the British army all the artillery are included in one regiment, which (reversing the usual practice) is divided into brigades.

Regiment of the line (Mil.) , a regiment organized for general service; -- in distinction from those (as the Life Guards) whose duties are usually special. [ Eng.]

Regiment transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Regimented ; present participle & verbal noun Regimenting .] To form into a regiment or into regiments. Washington.

Regiment transitive verb To form into classified units or bodies; to systematize according to classes, districts or the like.

The people are organized or regimented into bodies, and special functions are relegated to the several units.
J. W. Powell.

Regimental adjective Belonging to, or concerning, a regiment; as, regimental officers, clothing.

Regimental school , in the British army, a school for the instruction of the private soldiers of a regiment, and their children, in the rudimentary branches of education.

Regimentally adverb In or by a regiment or regiments; as, troops classified regimentally .

Regimentals (-t a lz) noun plural (Mil.) The uniform worn by the officers and soldiers of a regiment; military dress; -- formerly used in the singular in the same sense. Colman.

Regiminal adjective Of or relating to regimen; as, regiminal rules.

Region noun [ French région , from Latin regio a direction, a boundary line, region, from regere to guide, direct. See Regimen .]
1. One of the grand districts or quarters into which any space or surface, as of the earth or the heavens, is conceived of as divided; hence, in general, a portion of space or territory of indefinite extent; country; province; district; tract.

If thence he 'scappe, into whatever world,
Or unknown region .
Milton.

2. Tract, part, or space, lying about and including anything; neighborhood; vicinity; sphere. "Though the fork invade the region of my heart." Shak.

Philip, tetrarch of .. the region of Trachonitis.
Luke iii. 1.

3. The upper air; the sky; the heavens. [ Obsolete]

Anon the dreadful thunder
Doth rend the region .
Shak.

4. The inhabitants of a district. Matt. iii. 5.

5. Place; rank; station. [ Obsolete or R.]

He is of too high a region .
Shak.

Regional (- a l) adjective Of or pertaining to a particular region; sectional.

Regious adjective [ Latin regius royal, from rex , regis , king.] Regal; royal. [ Obsolete] Harrington.

Register (rĕj"ĭs*tẽr) noun [ Middle English registre , French registre , Late Latin registrum , regestum , Latin regesta , plural, from regerere , regestum , to carry back, to register; prefix re- re- + gerere to carry. See Jest , and confer Regest .]
1. A written account or entry; an official or formal enumeration, description, or record; a memorial record; a list or roll; a schedule.

As you have one eye upon my follies, . . . turn another into the register of your own.
Shak.

2. (Com.) (a) A record containing a list and description of the merchant vessels belonging to a port or customs district. (b) A certificate issued by the collector of customs of a port or district to the owner of a vessel, containing the description of a vessel, its name, ownership, and other material facts. It is kept on board the vessel, to be used as an evidence of nationality or as a muniment of title.

3. [ Confer Late Latin registrarius . Confer Regisrar .] One who registers or records; a registrar; a recorder; especially, a public officer charged with the duty of recording certain transactions or events; as, a register of deeds.

4. That which registers or records. Specifically: (a) (Mech.) A contrivance for automatically noting the performance of a machine or the rapidity of a process. (b) (Teleg.) The part of a telegraphic apparatus which records automatically the message received. (c) A machine for registering automatically the number of persons passing through a gateway, fares taken, etc.; a telltale.

5. A lid, stopper, or sliding plate, in a furnace, stove, etc., for regulating the admission of air to the fuel; also, an arrangement containing dampers or shutters, as in the floor or wall of a room or passage, or in a chimney, for admitting or excluding heated air, or for regulating ventilation.

6. (Print.) (a) The inner part of the mold in which types are cast. (b) The correspondence of pages, columns, or lines on the opposite or reverse sides of the sheet. (c) The correspondence or adjustment of the several impressions in a design which is printed in parts, as in chromolithographic printing, or in the manufacture of paper hangings. See Register , intransitive verb 2.

7. (Mus.) (a) The compass of a voice or instrument; a specified portion of the compass of a voice, or a series of vocal tones of a given compass; as, the upper, middle, or lower register ; the soprano register ; the tenor register .

» In respect to the vocal tones, the thick register properly extends below from the F on the lower space of the treble staff. The thin register extends an octave above this. The small register is above the thin. The voice in the thick register is called the chest voice ; in the thin, the head voice . Falsetto is a kind off voice, of a thin, shrull quality, made by using the mechanism of the upper thin register for tones below the proper limit on the scale. E. Behnke.

(b) A stop or set of pipes in an organ.

Parish register , A book in which are recorded the births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and burials in a parish.

Syn. -- List; catalogue; roll; record; archives; chronicle; annals. See List .

Register (rĕj"ĭs*tẽr) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Registered (- tẽrd); present participle & verbal noun Registering .] [ Confer French regisrer , exregistrer , Late Latin registrare . See Register , noun ]
1. To enter in a register; to record formally and distinctly, as for future use or service.

2. To enroll; to enter in a list.

Such follow him as shall be registered .
Milton.

Registered letter , a letter, the address of which is, on payment of a special fee, registered in the post office and the transmission and delivery of which are attended to with particular care.

Register intransitive verb
1. To enroll one's name in a register.

2. (Print.) To correspond in relative position; as, two pages, columns, etc. , register when the corresponding parts fall in the same line, or when line falls exactly upon line in reverse pages, or (as in chromatic printing) where the various colors of the design are printed consecutively, and perfect adjustment of parts is necessary.

Register transitive verb (Securities) To enter the name of the owner of (a share of stock, a bond, or other security) in a register, or record book. A registered security is transferable only on the written assignment of the owner of record and on surrender of his bond, stock certificate, or the like.

Registering adjective Recording; -- applied to instruments; having an apparatus which registers; as, a registering thermometer. See Recording .